Chateau de Rayne Vigneau 1998
Chateau de Rayne Vigneau – First Growth Sauternes
Bill Blatch: Stop and ask an old timer in the Sauternes vineyards which he thinks is the best vineyard after Yquem and he will always say « Rayne Vigneau”. It is unique in having a uniform soil of regular depths of gravel over clay and has great exposure. Yet it is traditionally never the heaviest or sweetest First Growth. This ’98 seems almost to be a deliberate attempt at lightness of touch, almost Barsac in style. The oak comes through nicely into the fresh fruit flavours and the gentle soft sweetness makes for a great balance. If you are looking for a heavy pudding wine, then you must drink the ’97, but if you want a good aperitif Sauternes that won’t cloy the palate, this ’98 is all charm and finesse.
£207.56 / case